SRM 1216 Gen 2 Shotgun
The SRM 1216 Gen 2 Shotgun.

There are two common complaints shooters lodge against smoothbores: low magazine capacities and long overall lengths. Well, that isn’t a problem anymore! With the advent of SRM Arms second generation of its unique 1216 semi-auto shotgun, the company continues to put these complaints to rest.

Responsive, compact and ready for rapid fire, the heart of the SRM 1216 Gen 2 is a polymer rotary magazine with four chambers, each holding four shotshells. When four shells are fired, the bolt locks back and the shooter rotates the magazine to a new chamber. When the loaded chamber snaps inline with the lifter, the bolt automatically drops. It all happens faster than reading the description!

The result is a shotgun capable of delivering a hail of lead on target. It can also be reloaded just as quickly by yanking out the empty magazine tube and snapping a full one into place. The bolt will drop automatically, putting the SRM 1216 Gen 2 back in the fight.

The shotgun features an 18-inch barrel, a top Picatinny rail for mounting optics, side forend rails for mounting accessories, a Zytel polymer stock with an in-line design to help reduce muzzle rise and an unloaded weight of 7.25 pounds. A lever in the magazine hanger, which doubles as a front-sight mounting base, makes for fast magazines swaps.

The SRM 1216 Gen 2 is as fun to shoot as it is effective, and it will handle just about anything you feed it. In fact, a visit to the range is one of the most enjoyable ways I know to blow through a case of shotshells quickly! Sound interesting? To learn more watch my video review, and for a full review, check out the upcoming September 2014 issue of TACTICAL WEAPONS, available on newsstands and digitally July 8, 2014. To subscribe, go to

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